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This list of selected academic centers across the Southwest continues to grow as we add records to our database. Check back frequently for updates or contact our Webmaster to suggest an addition.


Center for Archaeological Studies
A research center within the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University foundeded to promote archaeological and anthropological research, conduct archaeological investigations, assist in the cultural resource management of University sites, and provide student training and public education.

Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography
Encourages and sponsors interdisciplinary studies, scholarship, research, and teaching that interpret the people, society, economy, environment, history and cultures of the Greater Southwest. Located at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Center for Inter-American and Border Studies
Conducts and promotes research, academic programs, and public programming on themes related to Inter-American and Border Studies, including culture and language, the arts, economics, trade, society, history, ecosystems and environment, health, and education in the Americas and the border region. Located at the Univeristy of Texas at El Paso.

Center for the Study of the Southwest
Engaging faculty and students in the richness and diversity of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico and giving focus to intercultural studies through examinations of the region's people, institutions, history, and physical and cultural ecology. Located at Texas State University.

Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies
Promotes collaborative learning between students of the college and faculty members, with special emphasis on the historical, cultural, social, economic, and political issues facing Texas and Mexico.

Center for Texas Music History
A unique program at Texas State University that focuses on the preservation and study of Texas and Southwestern music history. With an emphasis on how Texas music reflects the rich history and tremendous cultural diversity of the Southwest, the Center offers graduate and undergraduate courses, along with a variety of research and publishing projects.

Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Promotes research, publishing, teaching, and public programming in a variety of fields of inquiry related to the American Southwest. Located at Southern Methodist University.

Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program
Established in honor of J. Frank Dobie and sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL), the fellowship gives two writers every year the opportunity to spend six months each living and writing at the Paisano Ranch.

Freeman Ranch
A model Texas Hill Country working ranch that supports education, research, and service needs of Texas State University.

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
One of the world's preeminent institutions for literacy and cultural research at the University of Texas at Austin.

Institute for Oral History
Collects and processes oral history interviews with persons who have been eyewitnesses to or participants in events of historical significance, especially in Texas and related regions. Located at Baylor University.

Institute of Texan Cultures
An educational center located at the University of Texas at San Antonio dedicated to enhancing the understanding of the history and diverse cultures of Texas through exhibits, programs, and publications that encourage acceptance and appreciation of our differences as well as our common humanity.

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
A cooperative project between Texas State University and the Hays County Preservation Associates that funds a Writer in Residence and hosts literary events.

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
A non-profit nature center owned by Texas State University dedicated to the protection and preservation of the San Marcos springs.

Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research
Dedicated to fostering and celebrating the humanities and humanities research among the community of scholars at Texas A&M University and in the world beyond the academy.

Public History Program at Texas State
Prepares students for public history careers in historic preservation, heritage tourism, historic site interpretation, and museum and archives management. Offered by the Department of History at Texas State University.

River Systems Institute
Supports the development and promotion of the holistic management of river systems, including springs, streams, groundwater aquifers and watersheds that feed them, as well as the bays and estuaries into which they flow.

New Mexico

Center for Latin American and Border Studies
Advancing Latin American academics at New Mexico State University.

Center for Southwest Research
Devoted to the study of the region spanning the vast Mexican territories that became part of the United States by 1853. Located at the University of New Mexico.

Center for Southwest Research
The University of New Mexico General Library's special collections department and UNM's resource center for the comparative and interdisciplinary study of New Mexico and the Southwest.


Defining the Southwest
An online resource for academics and individuals interested in theories and perspectives of peoples, events, literature, and art of the Southwest

Southwest Center
A clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas from many fields. Insights drawn from social and intellectual history, anthropology, geography, folklore, literature, photography, architecture, politics, ecology, ethno-botany, and the natural sciences alike contribute to our ever-broadening study of the Southwest region.


Academy for the Environment
Established in recognition of the central place of the fine arts and humanistic scholarly disciplines in exploring the meaning of the natural environment for human culture and the impact humans exert on the larger planet. Located at The University of Nevada, Reno.

Desert Research Institute
A nonprofit research campus of the University and Community College System of Nevada with programs directed from three core divisions: atmospheric sciences, earth and ecosystem sciences, and hydrologic sciences.

Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies
Supports multi-disciplinary research teams, provides expertise to solve complex environmental problems, and develops innovative environmental monitoring technology. Located at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.